Karen J. Sherman

Group Health Cooperative, USA


Karen J. Sherman serves as an Epidemiologist and a Senior Scientific Investigator at the Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Wash, USA. She holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, Wash, USA. She received her Ph.D. degree in behavioral biology from Cornell University, NY, USA and her M.P.H. degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington. Since 1996, she has specialized in evaluating various types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for common health conditions, especially musculoskeletal pain and is an expert in design issues related to evaluating nonpharmacological complementary therapies. She has lead or collaborated on over a dozen NIH funded studies, including some of the largest trials of acupuncture, massage therapy, and yoga in the US. She is widely published, a popular speaker at national and international conferences on complementary medicine and has helped the acupuncture, massage, and yoga communities better understand issues related to research. She is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Cochrane Back Review Group and Section Editor for Clinical Research for Biomed Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She acts as a reviewer for dozens of medical journals and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

Biography Updated on 7 November 2012

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